TAXING SPAM….Marie Gryphon says:

Every market liberal should be allowed one heterodoxy. Mine is telemarketers. I absolutely hate them. Telemarketers should be rounded up, denied their procedural due process rights, and shipped to Guantanamo Bay to room with Al-Qaeda.

OK, I’ll go along with that. But how about some market orthodoxy to deal with a very similar problem: spam.

Here’s my plan: in order to make up for George Bush’s $600 billion Martha Stewart Bailout Plan, how about if we implement a tax of 1 cent per email for all email sent to U.S. destinations? I figure this will either (a) wipe out the federal deficit and fund Social Security through the 23rd century or (b) put spammers out of business. I’m OK with either result.

I don’t imagine that this is even technically feasible (“technical” in the usual geek sense, not “technical” in the tax wonk sense), but it would be nice if it were.

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